Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Paperback)

A Novel

By Maile Chapman

Graywolf Press, 9781555975876, 280pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/30/2010)
Paperback (8/1/2011)

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Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who hides behind a mask of crisp professionalism at a Finnish convalescent hospital called Suvanto. On a late-summer day, a new patient arrives on Sunny's ward, and soon Suvanto's reliable calm begins to show signs of strain. As summer turns to fall, and fall to a long, dark winter, the escalating menace of Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto - Maile Chapman's astonishing debut novel - builds to a terrifying conclusion.

About the Author

Maile Chapman's stories have appeared in A Public Space, the Literary Review, The Mississippi Review, and Post Road. She earned her MFA from Syracuse University and is currently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.

Praise For Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto: A Novel

“[Chapman's] voice can be coyly unnerving, as if whispering your naughty thoughts for you . . . Eerie and fascinating.” —Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Unputdownable . . . A feminist thriller.” —Vogue

“Shockingly, bracingly good.” —Los Angeles Times

“Genuinely unnerving.” —The New Yorker